A great bar on the rooftop of the Culpeper in Commercial Street.
Every once in a while we all pine for a patch of greenery in London. That's probably why punters seem so taken with this little hideaway of a garden on the rooftop of Culpeper pub on Commercial Street. This roof space, just a stone's throw from the City's skyscrapers, is used to grow veggies and herbs that feature on the gastro pub's modern menu, so it's double the gherkin up here.
There are a few rustic tables parked between climbing vines, or benches to perch on beside planters flourishing with herbaceous life, but in truth, seating is scant, making this a very desirable spot for some peas and quiet. As a result, drifters hover around the entrance to the fourth-floor terrace hoping to snap up a seat – you're best advised to book ahead for sunset snacks and supping.
It’s worth the advance thought, as the dedicated cocktail bar sits under a glass atrium at the entrance and churns out unique beverages channeling the twee garden charm. Try a lemon-thyme ambrosia (£7.50), which isn’t as soft as it sounds thanks to brandy, calvados and prosecco all in the mix. A garden julep even samples a herb of the day added to lemon and bourbon.
Also perched by the entrance is a wood-fired grill barbecuing delicious meats and sides for a well-rounded meal or the likes of Merguez sausages (£4) and Piedmontese peppers (£4) for a lighter bite. Food up here is just as good as on the gastropub’s restaurant floor, but a word of warning: you may be in for a smoky old time if the wind’s blowing in the wrong direction.
|Venue name:||Culpeper Roof Garden|
40 Commercial Street
|Transport:||Tube: Liverpool Street; Aldgate East. Overground: Shoreditch High Street|
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Came here after work with some colleagues - we had made reservations on the roof garden. Such a lovely environment with a wonderful view- and currently a giant light up pickle!
The food is very nice, but the menu is very limited up the top. Grilled mackerel with chilli pickled beetroot was very nice, as well as the ratatouille. The roof only has a very small kitchen area, which explains the limited menu - perhaps they should look at installing a dumb waiter in order to bring up food from the kitchens and expand their menu a bit more at the top.
The bar serves beer in cans, and a couple of interesting cocktails that are made with pickle ingredients, although they do not have a strong taste. You are welcome to bring up drinks from the pub below, which is advisable as they have a very good selection.
Staff are friendly and approachable, and there is a pleasant relaxed environment. The rooftop bar fills quickly, and you need a reservation for dinner in order to get a table.
See my full review on my new blog here!: https://tileytravels.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/kind-of-a-big-dill/
At Culpeper you have find some amazing beers that are quite hard to find in other bars i.e. Brixton beer
Food is also quite good and the location is great. I recommended as a first stop when going from the City to Brick lane
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